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Around half the world’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Take a good look at your smartphone. From the display and metal casing to the circuit boards that power the device, your phone is a mine of precious m(...)

Venezuelans line up to cross into Colombia at the border in Paraguachon, Colombia, on February 16th. Photograph: Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters

On a rainy Wednesday before Easter, hundreds of Venezuelan migrants shuffled into the brick-walled courtyard of the Divine Providence Shelter in the C(...)

In a letter to Chilean bishops, Pope Francis  invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Francis acknowledged on Wednesday that he had made “grave mistakes” in the handling of a sexual abuse crisis in Chile, saying he felt shame and i(...)

Demonstrators at a march against abortion in San Salvador, El Salvador, on April 7th. Women’s rights groups in El Salvador are urging lawmakers to allow abortions when a woman’s life is at risk and for minors who are raped. Photograph: Fred Ramos/The New York Times

When Teodora del Carmen Vásquez walked out of the Ilopango women’s prison a few weeks ago, she embraced her parents, her teenage son – and a movement (...)

The OECD’s report says has been considerable  debate about the extent of job destruction, and whether automation and digitalisation are leading to mass technological unemployment

One in seven workers in advanced economies are likely to lose their jobs to automation in the coming years, the Paris-based Organisation for Economic (...)

John Fisher about to head out on deck of Scallywag during leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race  from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil, on   March 24th

With the remaining six boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race safely past the notorious Cape Horn, the seventh boat that crew member John Fisher was (...)

A conveyor belt carries chunks of raw cobalt at a plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, before being exported, mainly to China, to be refined. Inset: an electric battery. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Those of us hoping to salve our environmental conscience by driving an electric car may now have a new worry to face – that of both environmental dest(...)

Actress Daniela Vega of ‘Fantastic Woman’ is photographed at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival on September 13, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. Photograph: Jennifer Roberts/Getty Images

On Sunday, Daniela Vega will make history when she becomes the first transgender person to present an award at the Oscars. There is a lot going on thi(...)

As Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors rolled out their electric cars for the mass market in 2010, Japanese manufacturers placed enthusiastic bets on a surge(...)

Marie Collins, former member of the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors, said:  “I saw the Vatican up close, and its resistance, the lack of priority [on clerical child sex abuse], lack of transparency, and the absolutely misleading statements issued.” File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Dublin abuse survivor Marie Collins has criticised a decision by Pope Francis not to reappoint “some of the most hard-working, independent, and active(...)

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